Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This particular winter has also been harsh for AS Saint-Etienne who have accrued only two points…

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Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Stade de Reims are in a very rare group – they are one of the few clubs that Olympique de Marseille has actually beaten away from home this season. This does not bode well for Jean-Luc Vasseur and his team as they travel to the Stade Velodrome for Friday night’s fixture. Marcelo Bielsa’s team were at their imperious best when these sides met at the Stade Auguste Delaune in September. Marseille ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but…

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Is Kevin Gameiro the Answer for Marseille Après Gignac?

Is Kevin Gameiro the Answer for Marseille Après Gignac?

With André-Pierre Gignac almost certain to leave Olympique de Marseille when his current contract expires at the end of the season, a number of French media outlets including Canal + have reported this week that the Sevilla FC and France international striker Kevin Gameiro has emerged as a possible target to replace the Provence-based club’s current top scorer at the end of the season. Gameiro has fallen out of favour with the current Sevilla manager…

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Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Marseille Striker Linked With Summer Move to Southampton

Out of contract at the end of the season, Andre-Pierre Gignac is a wanted man across Europe. His form may have dipped since the opening 10 games of the season, but as a free transfer, there is little doubt he is a man in demand. Monday’s Daily Mirror suggests that he is a target for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton this summer. Gignac has scored 14 goals in 24 games, which on paper is a fantastic return,…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Who is the Real Winner in the Lucas Ocampos Deal?

Who is the Real Winner in the Lucas Ocampos Deal?

In the final few hours of Monday night’s transfer deadline day, Lucas Ocampos completed his transfer from AS Monaco to Olympique de Marseille. The 20-year-old winger has linked up with compatriot Marcelo Bielsa at their Ligue 1 rivals, in the hope of capturing the form that once made him on of the most sought-after prospects in Argentine football. Ocampos made his professional debut for River Plate in 2011 before making the €12million move to Monaco…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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